French Government Says No Uttering Of Facebook and Twitter On-Air

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Follow us on Twitter at twitter.com backslash blah-blah-blah and on Facebook at Facebook.com backslash blah-blah-blah.

How many times a day can you hear those words?

Well apparently not anymore in France.

The government has banned TV and radio show hosts from uttering the words Facebook or Twitter unless it`s in direct relation to specific news story on the subject.

For example, a French TV anchor is barred from saying something like: 'follow us on Twitter for more updates.'

Why is the French turning their nose up to Facebook and Twitter?

It seems that mentioning the 2 sites is deemed to be promoting commercial enterprises and that`s a big no-no under a 1992 law.

So long as they don't mention the specific brands, they can still tell audiences to check them out online or visit them on the 2 best-known social networks who`s names they`re banned from saying.

No word on how the law will be enforced or what the penalties will be.

Without future mention of the 2 biggest players in social networking could Myspace and Friendster be headed for a French revival?

Anyway, you can follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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